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Emperor of the North (1973)

Emperor of the North Pole (original title)
In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.

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Robert Aldrich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... A No. 1
Ernest Borgnine ... Shack
Keith Carradine ... Cigaret
Charles Tyner ... Cracker
Malcolm Atterbury ... Hogger
Simon Oakland ... Policeman
Harry Caesar ... Coaly
Hal Baylor ... Yardman's Helper
Matt Clark ... Yardlet
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Gray Cat (as Elisha Cook)
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Dinger (as Joe di Reda)
Liam Dunn ... Smile
Diane Dye Diane Dye ... Girl in Water
Robert Foulk ... Conductor
Jim Goodwin Jim Goodwin ... Fakir (as James Goodwin)
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Storyline

It is during the great depression in the US, and the land is full of people who are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Borgnine), a sadistical railway conductor who swore that no hobo will ride his train for free. Well, no-one but "A" Number One (Lee Marvin), who is ready to put his life at stake to become a local legend - as the first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train. Written by Brian Peterson calyooper@email.com

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The only way to win is to stay alive. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emperor of the North See more »

Filming Locations:

Buxton, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,705,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The locomotive in the film, #19, still ran on the Yreka Western Railroad for tourist and occasional freight runs until 2008. The line has been severely impacted by the economy, costing it most of its freight and tourist traffic. The future of the line and the locomotive is uncertain, as negotiations continue regarding the future of the rail service. See more »

Goofs

On a single track railroad, such as in most of the scenes, trains have to adhere to a precise schedule in order to allow trains to run in both directions. An experienced train man like Shack would know this and would never purposely stop his train to conduct a search the way he did on the bridge. At the least it would foul up the schedule of other trains, and at worst could cause a head on collision. See more »

Quotes

A no. 1: You got a chance to be a good bum. You can be a meat eater, kid. I mean people, not their garbage.
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Connections

Referenced in Life on Mars: Home Is Where You Hang Your Holster (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

A Man and a Train
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Frank De Vol
Sung by Marty Robbins
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One of the Best Photographed Movies Ever
17 September 2003 | by r-e-studleySee all my reviews

This has to be one of the finest photographed movies ever made. When you view this movie, you feel as though you are right there taking part in it. I have never felt this way about any other movie. Joseph Biroc was the best! The action in this movie is very real. Not like todays "special effects" that viewers crave. What happens here seems very real and un staged. When you have a good story to tell, you don't need gimmicks and "special effects". Of course having Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine as the 2 main stars helps. What actors alive today could match those two legends? They didn't need stunt doubles and stand ins! These were "real men".


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